DL/AL-081 – Entschenkopf – 2043m

Abstract

September 4th, 2021  10:15 – 11:15 UTC
My first activation of Entschenkopf.

Wx: Sunny, approx. 18°C, clouds in the afternoon
Walking time: approx 3:15 hours up, 1:50 hour down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 1170 vertical metres, but along the ridge another 100 vertical metres have probably been accumulated.

Rig: MTR-3B ~ 5W, 1000mAh (3S) LiPo, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: EFHW dipole with traps as inverted L on a 6m squid pole

Condx seemed to be good with k = 1, SFI = 84

36 QSOs on 40m CW in 29 min.
11 QSO on 30m CW, 1 x S2S, in 9 min.

Highlight:
– Entschenkopf crossing offers spectacular views and an interesting hike.

Lowlight:
– none

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DL/AL-086 – Imberger Horn – 1656m

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July 10th, 2021  12:15 – 12:30 UTC
My first activation of Imberger Horn.

Wx: Sunny, approx. 15°C, few clouds, no winds
Walking time: 3:30h up (including lunch break and various stops), 1:30 down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 900 vertical metres

Rig: MTR 3B @ 2.5W,  1.25 Ah LiPo battery (2S), Palm Pico Paddle (for a change)
Ant: Vertical for 30 metres on a 6 m squid pole with a single radial
Total weight of the technical equipment < 1500 grams

Condx seemed to be average according to the RBN spots.
k = 0, SFI = 74

16 QSOs on 30m CW, 2 x S2S

Highlight:
– A great daytrip with friends

Lowlight:
– none

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DL/AL-105 – Besler – 1679m

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June 2, 2021  11:48 – 12:07 UTC
My first activation of Besler.

Wx: Partly cloudy, approx. 15°C, light winds
Walking time: unknown
Ascent/ descent: approx. 500 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W,  2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 42 ft Random wire antenna as inverted Vee on a tree.

Condx seem to be poor according to the RBN spots. Not a single spot from NA.
k = 3, SFI = 75

3   QSOs on 20m CW
17 QSOs on 30m CW, 1 x S2S

Highlight:
– Via Ferrata to the top of Besler

Lowlight:
– none

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SOTA Activity Day: Weiherkopf – DL/AL-111 – 1655m

September 19th, 2020, 7:30 – 13:10
My first activation of DL/AL-111 and my longest activation so far.

Wx: Sunny all day, few clouds, max. temp about 20°C.
Walking time: 15 min up, 50 min down.
Ascent/ descent: 150 vertical metres up, 750 vertical metres down. Gondola not used for descent.

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 7.2Ah AGM battery, Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner set up as inverted Vee on a 6 metre squid pole.

Condx on all bands seemed to be average at best. Summer is over and it is no longer possible to reach UK on 20 metres. 30 metres and even 40 metres is the more reliable band now. k = 0, SFI = 70

102 QSOs, thereof 1 x DX (W4)
53 S2S-QSOs, 40 unique summits, thereof 1 x DX (UA9)

Highlights:
Great SOTA- party with an incredible number of activators QRV at the same time. It felt almost like a contest.

Lowlight: None

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DL/AL-004 – Rappenseekopf – 2468m

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September 6th, 2018; 07:30 – 07:50 UTC
My first activation of Rappenseekopf – quite a pleasure after Hochgundspitze.

Wx: sunny with occasional clouds, nice and warm.
Walking time: up 20 minutes, down not known as I continued to Hochrappenkopf.
Ascent: approx. 200m from the col (2272m) between Hochgundspitze and Rappenseekopf.
Descent: approx. 150m down to the col in the West (2320m).

20 CW QSOs on 40m
Conditions on 40m were good. Due to the last- minute change of plans, SOTAwatch reported the reference as DL/AL-005, which was wrong!

Rig: MTR-3B / 3W, 1250mAh LiPo (2S), Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: EFHW Dipole (40m, 30m, 20m) as inverted L on a 6m squid pole

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DL/AL-005 – Hochgundspitze – 2460m

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September 6th, 2018

The activation had to be canceled just outside the activation zone!!!

Wx: sunny and blue sky, 10C at the hut, nice and warm at the secondary.
Walking time: 1:40 h (up and down)
Ascent: approx. 340m from Rappenseehütte (2091m) to the secondary (2430m)
Descent: approx. 160m to the col (2272m).

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OE/TI-160 – Hohes Licht– 2651m

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September 5th, 2018; 09:40 – 10:30 UTC
My first activation of Hohes Licht – the second highest summit in Allgäu.

Wx: cloudy with occasional sunny spots, 8C at the hut, cool and windy at the top.
Walking time up: approx. 1:00h, down: 1:10h
Ascent: approx. 390m from Grosse Steinscharte (2262m)
Descent: approx. 560m to Rappenseehütte (2091m).

3 CW QSOs on 40m, 3 CW QSOs on 30m, 6 CW QSOs on 20m
Conditions on all bands seemed to be fair, but activity was low. Later I learned that SOTAwatch had been down all morning.

Rig: MTR-3B / 3W, 1250mAh LiPo (2S), Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: EFHW Dipole (40m, 30m, 20m) as inverted L on a 6m squid pole

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DL/AL-006 – Rotgundspitze – 2485m

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September 5th, 2018; 07:05 – 07:40 UTC
First activation ever of Rotgundspitze!

Wx: sunny and blue sky, 8C at Rappenseehütte, cool at the top.
Walking time up: 1:30h , down: 0:30h.
Ascent: approx. 400m from Rappenseehütte (2091m).
Descent: approx. 220m to Grosse Steinscharte (2262m).

11 CW QSOs on 40m, 3 CW QSOs on 30m, 1 CW QSO on 20m
Conditions on all bands seemed to be fair, but activity was low. Later I learned that SOTAwatch had been down all morning.

Rig: MTR-3B / 3W, 1250mAh LiPo (2S), Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: EFHW Dipole (40m, 30m, 20m) as inverted L on a 6m squid pole

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